Lola Digs: Great Garden Tote & A Giveaway

We are really getting into the garden groove this month.  I hope you have enjoyed the past few installations of Lola Digs.  This new feature will be posted regularly and will surely include gardening, but so much more.  We hope to make this a resource for your eco-nesting needs.

Today's post discusses what you need for a great garden tote.  Totes are ideal for lots of jobs.  The garden is no exception.  Make one of your own with our handy tips... or enter for your chance to win the one shown here.  Our drawing begins today and ends at midnight CST on Sunday, April 3, 2011.  You can enter any of these ways:

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And now, the post...

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Lola is a gal after my own heart.  I love a clutch, a handbag, a tote, a satchel, a backpack.  It really does not matter and even though I am not much of a purse carrier, my husband knows that nothing makes me happier than a new bag.  I often have in my mind exactly what I want but rarely find it.  Not so in this case.  I was bent on having the perfect gardening tote for this season.  This is not unlike my need to have the perfect outfit for a particular occasion.  I have eased off this a bit since my husband has said I am oh, so predictable. 

I decided to head to our local Harbor Freight store with my sale ad and my wish list.  I came away with the most practical and inexpensive tote!  It is canvas with many pockets of varying sizes and a sturdy bottom giving it the ability to stand-alone.  I plunked a bushel basket for harvesting right in the center, along with some twine and rope for staking as necessary.  Here is the most amazing gardening tote ever and all its contents:

  • Canvas tote – Harbor Freight or home improvement center
  • Pruning shears – Lowe’s or garden center
  • Cultivator – Lowe’s
  • Medical Gloves (latex or latex free) – Harbor Freight or discount store
  • Seeds – home improvement, garden center, or seed swap
  • Utility Scissors – Harbor Freight or discount store
  • Gardening Scissors – Lee Valley Tools
  • Assorted Gloves – cotton, leather, and non-slip gloves – Harbor Freight or home improvement center
  • Burpee Easy Gardening Guide (pocketsize) - home improvement or garden center
  • Trowel – Lowe’s 
  • Twine roll – discount store or home improvement center
  • Rope – discount store or home improvement center
  • Bushel Basket – thriftstores like Goodwill frequently have these
  • Bamboo Skewers – Target or other major retailer

More to consider:

Medical gloves are great for removing pests delicately, so as to not damage any leaves or produce.

I bought seeds from my local gardening center, but catalogs, websites, and seed swaps offer far more interesting varieties and many more heirlooms.  I encourage you to let your plants go to seed and keep them for next year.  Your seeds will produce already adapted plants and if you don’t have a seed swap then a great reason to start one. 

Having a variety of gloves on hand means you can meet the needs of your gardening tasks without another trip inside.  I like cotton gloves for delicate tasks that don’t require medical gloves.  Leather gloves are great for heavy duty tasks like lifting, hammering, tree transplants, composting, etc.  Non-slip gloves are a bit thinner than leather gloves and offer a nice grip around your hand tools making the work safer and you better protected.

There are trowels and then there are trowels with handy info.  I prefer the latter because it has inches and centimeters imprinted on it making spacing and depth work (think bulbs) much easier.  It certainly takes the guesstimating out of it, of which I am no good.

Bamboo skewers make quick, impromptu, but sturdy enough stakes for single tomato plants, bean runners, pepper plants, squash plants, and the like.  These won’t last for the long haul, but with a bit of twine will get you by for a couple of days until you put something more permanent in place.